Police searching for gunman who killed a 62-year-old man the day after Christmas

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NEW YORK CITY, NY – Police are searching for the gunman responsible for fatally shooting a 62-year-old man on the evening of December 26th. 

Authorities say that the shooting took place within the Flatbush area of the Brooklyn borough at approximately 7:30 p.m. that evening.

The victim has been identified as Daniel Romulus, who was pronounced deceased after being transported to a hospital for a gunshot wound to the chest. 

Police say the victim was shot while inside of his apartment building on E. 17th Street, but no details have been released on a possible motive or description of a possible suspect. 

Anyone with information on the fatal shooting are urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS. Tipsters can also reach out to Crime Stoppers on Twitter by directly messaging @NYPDTips. 

In other cases involving elderly individuals being murdered, police are investigating the death of an 82-year-old hospital patient who was reportedly beaten to death with an oxygen tank by their hospital roommate. 

Here’s that previous report stemming from California. 

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LANCASTER, CA – A 37-year-old man is accused of murdering his 82-year-old hospital roommate, both of which were undergoing treatment for COVID-19, on the morning of December 17th.

From what law enforcement officials have released regarding details on the case, the murder was motivated by the 82-year-old praying inside of the hospital room. 

Details on the case are limited at this time, but here’s what’s been revealed so far. 

Jesse Martinez was sharing a hospital room with a yet-to-be-named 82-year-old patient inside of the Antelope Valley Hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. 

On the morning of December 17th, the elderly victim was reportedly praying inside of the hospital room – which apparently said prayers upset Martinez. 

The two individuals reportedly did not know each other from outside of the hospital. 

At some point either during or after the prayers, Martinez was said to have grabbed an oxygen tank and began to bludgeon the victim. The elderly victim was pronounced deceased at 10:20 a.m. on December 18th, the day after the beating. 

Investigators now say that Martinez is facing charges of murder with enhancements for elder abuse and hate crime motivations. Bail for Martinez was set at $1 million and his next scheduled court appearance is on December 28th. 

The LASD noted in their statement on the case that the investigation is still ongoing, and asks that anyone with information on the matter to please call the LASD’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

This is a developing story. 

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In other related events, this isn’t the only recent murder to have happened at a California hospital recently. Back in August, a man reportedly murdered someone right outside of a hospital back in August. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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San Francisco, California – A man is dead following a fight that took place inside of a hospital lobby on August 11th, which prompted police to request the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect they believed to be responsible for the act.

Thankfully, police have apprehended the suspect – but did not reveal the suspect’s identity to the public. 

According to police, the altercation took place at around 6:15 in the morning at the UCSF outpatient medical building in San Francisco.

While few details have been released regarding the physical altercation itself, and what allegedly led up to it, police say that shortly after the altercation the victim, later identified as 66-year-old Anton Ibrahim Bajjalieh, walked outside and collapsed.

A nurse nearby was said to have performed CPR on the collapsed victim, but he was later pronounced dead when taken to the ER.

Surveillance images of the suspect have been released by authorities.

Gabrielle Lim, who works at UCSF, noted how she walked into work the morning of the incident, only to find the lobby sectioned off by authorities:

“I saw all this yellow tape and the cops saying you can’t come in here.”

 

Police: This man murdered someone outside a hospital and we need your help in identifying and finding him.
Homicide suspect in hospital killing – UCSF Police

Other employees of UCSF have cited concerns lately regarding the types of characters seen around the hospital.

Jennifer Dudley is one of those employees and recounted an assault she experienced from a perceived vagrant:

“I was attacked by someone who appeared to be homeless or maybe someone who was just released from the ER.”

Dudley further detailed the regularity of vagrants engaging in the likes of open drug use and other forms of debauchery:

“There is a lot of homeless people that hang out in the corridor, they sleep on the benches, I saw people doing drugs in there, exposing themselves in the morning, they come and there is no one regulating the situation.”

Thomas Forbes, a local who happened to be visiting the hospital when asked about the ongoing investigation, stated the following about the case:

“It’s crazy times that we’re living in for sure but outside of a hospital it’s pretty surprising.”

Police have not revealed what specific injuries led the victim to dying after the altercation with the suspect.

Earlier in December of 2020, a young nurse was reportedly murdered in Nashville, Tennessee while she was on her way to work. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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NASHVILLE, TN – She was driving into work to save lives.  It cost the young woman her own life.

A nurse was shot and killed as she was driving to work last week. 

The nurse, Caitlyn Marie Kaufman, was driving her Mazda to her 7pm shift at St. Thomas West Hospital when someone opened fire on her vehicle on I-440.  Her vehicle came to rest on the side of the interstate between the Hillsboro Pike and West End Avenue exits.

Around 9pm, a Metro Parks police officer stopped to ascertain if everything was okay inside the vehicle.  Sadly, the officer discovered Kaufman and determined that she had been shot.

The vehicle was still running and there were bullet holes present on the vehicle body.  The officer on scene called for assistance, but Kaufman succumbed to her injuries.

Detectives working the case believe that Kaufman was traveling to work and was shot sometime between 6pm and 6:30pm.  Detectives are urging anyone with any information to contact them so they can bring Kaufman justice.

Metro Nashville Police Department spokesman, Don Aaron, said:

“It’s just incredibly heartbreaking and sad given her profession.”

Nashville Police Captain Tyler Chandler spoke of the incident, he said:

“Horrible.  My prayers go out to her family and all her loved ones.  If you have any information, no matter how insignificant you think it may be, please let @MNPDNashcville know.  Sometimes the smallest bit of information solves a case.”

The Metro Nashville Police Department released a tweet regarding the investigation:

“BREAKING: A Nashville nurse has been killed by shots fired into her grey Mazda SUV as she traveled on I-440 west btwn the Hillsboro Rd & West End exists.  The SUV was found stopped on the shoulder at 8:52 p.m.  Anyone traveling on I-440 around then with info, pls call 615-742-7463.”

Caitlyn’s aunt, Glenda Lee Kaufman, gave a statement to The Tennessean:

“We will forever miss your beautiful face, your love you had for everyone you cared for, your laugh and your smile.  You lived your life to its fullest and achieved everything you worked so hard for.  We will forever miss you.  We love you.

“Please, if you know who did this or know any information, please reach out.  We will not rest, until this person is brought to justice for taking our loving Caitlyn.”

Caitlyn’s homicide marked the 97th reported in the city for 2020.  Last year, during the same time frame, only 74 people had been murdered.

Kaufman worked in the Intensive Care Unit at St Thomas and had been there since 2018.  Kaufman is from a small town, Chicora, Pennsylvania. 

A spokeswoman for the hospital, Michelle Heard, said:

“We are devastated to learn of the tragic and sudden passing of our ICU nurse Caitlyn Kaufman.  She was a dedicated and much loved member of our MICU team and a courageous health care hero who was graciously call to serve our patients with compassion and kindness. 

Our hearts and prayers to out to her family, friends, and you, her colleagues, as we all grieve her heartbreaking passing.”

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